Friday, July 3, 2015

The debate on low fat

Low-fat foods may not be the ticket to health that we've been told they are.

New reports are starting to show that low-fat is not any healthier, and may actually be contributing to more weight gain.

Farewell, Low-Fat: Why Scientists Applaud Lifting A Ban On Fat

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Obesity vs. walking

Years ago I read a book called Diabetes Rising.  That book was about the rising number of diabetics, particularly type 2 diabetics.  Maybe we should be calling it "obesity rising" (although the percentage of type 1 diabetics is going up as well).

There are now more obese people than overweight people in the United States.

This is scary.  Very very scary.  Obesity amplifies all the health risks that are worsened by being overweight.

Luckily it turns out that just walking every day benefits your health much more than you realize.

Friday, June 19, 2015

If I had a nickel...

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the media is reporting yet another potential cure for diabetes.  This one is a vaccine that supposedly stops the autoimmune response, but of course in order to truly "cure" the person they have to still have to be able to still produce enough insulin to adequately control their body's sugars.  Which means you have to catch it early in order for this vaccine to work -- by the time most people are diagnosed, their body isn't producing enough insulin and therefore their sugars are way high.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Taking dieting too far

I believe that people in the United States need to eat healthier.  I believe that a lot of our country's health problems are directly related to the rising rate of obesity.  However, I also believe that you can take trying to be healthy too far.

I feel like I'm surrounded with people who take it too far.  Many of my friends are obsessed with taking supplements and working out, and to be perfectly honest I can't see that it does any of them any good.  But most disturbing to me are the people who push their dieting habits onto their kids.

That's why this article caught my eye:

I freaked out when my 10-year-old told me she had a salad for lunch. Here’s why.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Trying to snack less? Change how you store food

Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, less mindless snacking is a good thing.  For someone who is type 1, mindless snacking means you might not know how much insulin to give yourself, in addition to the potential of eating too much and gaining weight.  For someone who is type 2, you're probably needing to watch your caloric intake and hopefully lose weight.

New studies show that snacking can be influenced by how you store food.

How We Store Food At Home Could Be Linked To How Much We Eat

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Knowing when to go to the doctor

This interesting article was on NPR the other day:

For Headaches, A Lifestyle Change May Be Better Than A Doctor Visit

They have a point when they say that patients are better informed than ever, and often go into the doctor with an idea of what is wrong with them and what they want to do about it.  That's what this article is about, how often -- with headaches -- what people really need is to exercise more, eat better, sleep better, or something of the like, rather than going through lots of potentially harmful tests and taking potentially harmful medication.

Of course, as someone on Facebook commented, if they hadn't gone to the doctor for their headaches, they'd be dead of cancer.  Sometimes going to the doctor IS the right decision.

So how do you know which one?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The fight against overtreatment

I've read a lot of stuff about the overtreatment that runs rampant in the American medical industry: tests being ordered that aren't needed, drugs being prescribed when they shouldn't, etc.  Sometimes it's because doctors are told that's what they're supposed to do, but there was an article on NPR the other day about how sometimes it's in spite of the recommended procedures.

Why Many Doctors Don't Follow 'Best Practices'